Finished in 1910 and surviving until 1963, Penn Station was Classical Revival architecture at its most monumental and expressive, designed by the leading Classical Revival firm.
The eagle sculpture from the building survives at a commuter stop on the Long Island Railroad.
A sad commentary on the state of railroads and civic pride in this country 50 years ago.
35mm,digital, and 4 x 5 film
Embassy Row, November 12,2016 early afternoon.
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The current building for the Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave.,N.W., 2 blocks east of the White House, dates from 1901 and it was designed by the prominent NYC architect,Henry Hardenbergh. But earlier,more modest versions of the hotel date to the early 19th century.
With its mansard roof, formal lobby,and grand corridor (“Peacock Alley”) running nearly a block to a secondary entrance on F St.,the hotel evokes Parisian architecture and planning.
On another major avenue, Connecticut Ave, in 1925, the Mayflower Hotel was built, and while its lacks French architectural detailing, it also has a grand promenade running from its lobby to a rear entrance. This hotel also has a formal lobby and is an entire block in depth. (It differs from the Willard in that the rear section of the Mayflower was originally apartments.)
The Mayflower was designed by the same architects who were responsible for New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, Warren & Wetmore.
Other surviving hotels (seen in next posting),built only a few years later, do not occupy entire blocks and, therefore, lack the promenades that define the interiors and to a large degree, how these two hotels are perceived by guests and visitors.
First three photos:Willard last two photos:Mayflower (c)Bill Lebovich,2016
Black and White image is cropped 4 x 5 film photograph (C)National Trust for Historic Preservation, taken Nov. 2013
Color image taken July 2014, (c)Bill Lebovich,2014.
© Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved,2013
©Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved,2013.